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Winter weather in Kern: Schools closed, freezing temps, travel could be impacted

Traffic is seen Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, 2019, on the Grapevine portion of Interstate 5 in Kern County, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Ally Triolo)

UPDATE ( 8:39 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5): Several traffic hazards and spin outs have been reported on Highway 58. The California Highway Patrol Incident Page reports that the off-ramp at Highway 58 and Tehachapi Boulevard has been closed down so sand can be put on the ramps to help warm up the roads and improve traction.

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UPDATE (4:58 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5): It's cold. The temperature has dropped to 44 degrees, 16 degrees below normal. Add the hail that fell and it definitely feels like winter.

"It's the last of the blast," Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Miles Muzio said about the last push from the cold front hitting Kern County.

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UPDATE (3:54 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5): Caltrans said the California Highway Patrol is pacing on the Grapevine as snow is falling.

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UPDATE (3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5): Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Miles Muzio says to expect freezing temperatures the next two nights in the valley. A freeze warning remains in effect from midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Muzio also warns drivers to be on the lookout for black ice on the roadways.

Muzio said most of the precipitation should be out of the area by around 7 p.m. Tuesday.


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UPDATE (11:12 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5): The California Highway Patrol says the Grapevine remains open, with light snow in the area. The CHP says via Twitter that there’s “no immediate threat of a closure at this time.”

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Winter weather is blowing into Kern County, impacting schools and possibly travel.

The California Highway Patrol is pacing traffic over the Grapevine portion of Interstate 5. Traffic remains open on Highway 58 through Tehachapi.

But Caltrans warns the CHP could close the freeways if snow sticks to the ground and becomes a danger for drivers.

Eyewitness News weather forecaster Aaron Perlman says snow levels have dropped to 2,500 feet, and up to 5 inches of snow has fallen in higher elevations.


The Kern County Superintendent of Schools shows six closures or delays Tuesday because of the winter weather.

More information is below from The Associated Press.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a snow day for many students in Southern California mountain communities.

A winter storm warning is posted Tuesday for mountains stretching from northwest of Los Angeles, east through the inland counties and south through San Diego County.

In the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains, several school districts have canceled classes due to the weather.

The National Weather Service says the snow level is expected to fall as low as 2,500 feet (762 meters) in the morning and down to 2,000 feet (610 meters) Tuesday night.

The low snow levels could impact highway travel including Interstate 5 over Tejon Pass.

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